In order to sustainably conserve wildlife and support local communities, we need to better understand the components that make up ecosystems and how these dynamic parts interact with and influence each other over time. ACC US supports ACC and affiliates as they build a knowledge-base to better understand and sustain the ecosystems between Amboseli National Park and the Maasai Mara National Reserve. ACC and affiliates have active research programs that combine a hybrid of the best science and indigenous knowledge. Programs include: long-term wildlife and ecological monitoring programs, GIS mapping, community interviews and participation, assessment of land-use and settlement patterns, effects of climate change, rangeland management, and water monitoring. Information gathered is recorded and disseminated to stakeholders including communities, scientists, and governments who need it to synthesize biodiversity information and support decision-making for conservation action at local and national levels.
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Amboseli Conservation Programme
Now the longest-running individual ecology and conservation program in Africa, the Amboseli Conservation Programme (ACP) conducts long term ecological monitoring and sound science for the conservation of the Greater Amboseli Ecosystem. Established in 1967 by Dr. David Western, ACP continues to work with local communities and research and conservation partners to enhance our understanding of the interactions between pastoralism and wildlife to sustain the integrity of the Amboseli ecosystem.
Mara North Conservancy
The Mara North Conservancy, bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, was created by Maasai landowners and tourism operators to secure more land for the globally renowned Great Migration and to provide regular income through lease payments to the local Maasai community.
Lale’enok Resource Centre
The name Lale’enok is Maa, and means place where information is brought and shared. Lale’enok Resource Centre, (aka South Rift Resource Centre), facilitates the advancement of community livelihoods, sustainable resource management and human-wildlife coexistence through the integration of research, livestock development, tourism, and other income generating community projects. As a physical place for information storage and sharing, the centre provides the community with a forum to engage partners in knowledge creation, dissemination and application.
Kenyan Biodiversity Atlas & Online Portal
Kenya is home to globally significant biodiversity that fortifies its economy and sustainability. Information about Kenya’s biodiversity has not been readily available to stakeholders who need it to synthesize biodiversity information and support decision-making for conservation action at local and national levels. African Conservation Centre US (ACC-US) supports ACC in two bioinformatics projects: the Kenya National Biodiversity Atlas and its companion web portal.
Local Ocean Trust
Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya’s marine environment. They use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya’s marine resources.